Friday, July 19, 2024



Apology to LGBTQIA+ community

On June 6, Premier Chris Minns issued an "unreserved" apology to NSW’s LGBTQIA+ community over historical laws which criminalised homosexual acts.

Sydney’s best ‘top 20’ result in prestigious world rankings

The University of Sydney has secured its highest ever ranking overall and continues to be rated as a top 20 global university in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

Homes NSW to develop North Eveleigh Clothing Store site

The North Eveleigh Clothing Store Precinct will be transferred to Homes NSW for the delivery of 500 new homes, half of which will be social and affordable homes.

A new kind of industry policy

The Trevor Davies Memorial Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Trevor Davies ALP Branch, and the Newtown ALP State Electorate Council. This year, it was held at the Royal Hotel on June 13. Assistant Minister Tim Ayres, a former branch member and Darlington local, was asked to deliver the address.

Volunteers’ News – July 2024

Volunteers’ News – July 2024.

Refreshing approach to food production

REDFERN: On July 21, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new website for Native Botanical Brewery (NBB), and to talk to the team behind this new and innovative business.

‘A giant in the fight for First Nations justice’

It is with great sadness that Reconciliation Australia sends our condolences to the family and friends of the Rev. Dr D. Gondarra OAM.

Sleepout in support of homelessness services

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event held on one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. The St Vincent de Paul Society launched the event in 2006 to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness, with close to $100 million raised nationally over 18 years of the event.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 6. Respite and in-home...

I was exhausted and desperately needed a break from full-time care for Stuart.

Sitting outdoors – a beautiful experience

A bit of winter sun is good for your health. It helps your body produce Vitamin D and creates other processes in the body such as serotonin and dopamine.

Koalas at the fore of fight for preservation

The Tipping Point team, who develop projects for Friends of the Earth Australia, commissioned Blak Douglas to paint Coalface, his latest mural in Redfern in the heart of the electorate of the Minister for the Environment and Water.

Tenants have their say about Waterloo

In the first half of 2023, at community events, online and through government and non-government agencies, tenants had opportunity to provide their views as part of the Waterloo Public Housing Tenant Survey.

Volunteers’ News – June 2024

Volunteers’ News – June 2024.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 5. Psychotic episodes

One evening in May 2020, Stuart suddenly felt freezing cold. I checked his vital signs, all seemed to be within the normal range. In the following days and weeks, gradually the symptoms became more frequent. He would start with feeling cold, then roll onto the floor, shivering, holding his head saying “you are hitting me”, “it hurts”.

Crown Princess Mary Scholarship: how a Sydney student met Denmark’s Queen

When University of Sydney student Sophia Parada began her degree in 2020, she feared the pandemic would derail her dreams of studying abroad. In late May, at a ceremony in Denmark, she shook hands with Queen Mary as she accepted a scholarship to study at the University of Copenhagen.

Jan de Voogd’s legacy of compassion

Jan de Voogd was a Quaker peace activist, musician, teacher, sailor and boat builder who lived in Sydney. Born in Japan to Dutch parents, Jan spoke several languages. His work for peace spanned more than 50 years.

Volunteers rule!

Counterpoint Community Services hosted its 18th Redfern and Waterloo Volunteer Awards at the Alexandria Town Hall on May 22. The event was part of National Volunteer Week.

Making room for community

The Waterloo Action Plan includes the following action point (2.7): “to make better use of existing community infrastructure and its availability and use for community outcomes. For example, reinvigorate community rooms and common areas and public spaces to bring community together.”

A place where culture can be cherished and shared

Some years back, the City of Sydney purchased 119 Redfern Street (former site of Redfern Post Office) with the intention of providing a local Aboriginal knowledge and culture centre. The premises was officially opened on May 11, and offers two levels of multipurpose community and commercial space.

State of Origin sides for Game 1

This year’s State of Origin series is almost upon us, with New South Wales, now led by Michael Maguire, looking to end a two-year losing streak against their arch-rivals.

Seen on the Green

Gumeroy was born in Moree, near the Mehi River. He had a “typical country upbringing” which included hunting, fishing, and sports.

Winter in the balcony garden

You can do a lot with a tiny balcony, especially in winter. Winter growing flowers like pansies ($1.49) and heartsease (99c), or poppies ($2.49) can go in to pots in the sun and will flower throughout winter, and bring happiness wherever they go.

Redfern Community Centre – celebrating 20 years

REDFERN: The 20th anniversary of RCC was celebrated on April 20, 2024, with Councillors (Waskam) Emelda Davis and HY William Chan being joined by Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo for the cutting of the cake.

Native Foodways – ‘Baking is one part of what we do’

Native Foodways is a First Nations owned and led social enterprise partnering with people from communities across Australia.

Can the Waterloo South People and Place Plan deliver?

Homes NSW Portfolio (formerly LAHC) has placed its Draft People and Place Plan on its Waterloo South site for comment until the end of May.

Why we love our pets

We all know that pets play an important role in our lives and we love them for many reasons. They are companions, supporters, don’t judge us and are loyal.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 4. Progression

A year after the dementia diagnosis, Stuart was reasonably stable, but his cognition and memory started to deteriorate. He wasn’t able to put the rubbish in the colour coded bins, flooded the bathroom by leaving the tap on, misplaced house keys.

Run with Team UNHCR

Registration is now open for major running events in Sydney and Melbourne. Join Team UNHCR ...

Connected people are healthy people

Our hearts are heavy as we continue to mourn the tragic events that unfolded last month at Westfield, Bondi Junction, and across our city. The senseless loss of lives in such a familiar setting strikes deep at our sense of security.

Volunteers’ News – May 2024

As I write this column on Anzac Day 2024, I reflect on the members of my own family who served in various theatres of war, including my uncle John, killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1917, and my maternal grandfather James, the Boer War and WWI.

‘Research and art practice inform each other’ Artist Profile: Konstantina

Gadigal artist Konstantina (Kate Constantine) has published an extraordinary book.

Helping to rebuild a Spitfire

Engine parts from a rare Second World War Photo Reconnaissance Spitfire that was shot down by German armed forces in 1942 and lost until being recovered from a Norwegian peat bog 76 years later are being rebuilt at the University of Sydney.

Early detection of heart disease at AMS

REDFERN: Australia’s oldest First Nation’s owned and operated health organisation, the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), now has facilities for the early detection of heart...

16th Coloured Diggers March

REDFERN: The Coloured Diggers March on Anzac Day was the 16th to be held. The day serves to commemorate the history of the First Peoples of Australia and New Zealand who served to protect their countries in armed conflicts overseas.

Food bank open to customers and donors

ERSKINEVILLE: We are in a food-price and cost-of-living crisis. Food prices rose over 8 per cent in the last year. Yet the amount of...

Steve Ostrow remembered (1932‑2024)

A memorial service for Steve Ostrow OAM was held on Saturday, April 13 at Pitt Street Uniting Church. Ostrow dedicated years of service to...

Rabbitohs dismiss coach Demetriou

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have terminated the coaching contract of Head Coach Jason Demetriou, effective immediately.

Basketball star to attend her 4th Olympics

Lauren Jackson is set to emerge from retirement and feature at the Paris Olympics after Basketball Australia answered a family request and named the Opals legend in a 26-player squad.

Volunteers’ News – April 2024

I know I always seem to start off my April column with an acknowledgement of Autumn, because I love the cooler nights (not always days!) and the lovely trees in flower in my area. There always seem to be plenty of activities at this time of year.

A call to faith, justice and an end to occupation

On Monday March 18, members of Balmain and Leichhardt Uniting Churches met with their State MP, Kobi Shetty, whose office is located in Glebe.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 3. Commitment

In July 2018 I resigned from my full-time senior management position in the department of NSW Health Pathology to become a committed carer for my husband, Stuart, who lives with dementia.

Shake It Up this World Parkinson’s Day

Redfern local of 18 years, Emma, is proof you can’t keep a good woman down. In May 2017 she was our cover girl to...

Experts swap lecture halls and boardrooms for local bars and pubs

On Tuesday April 9, for one night only, 10 venues across Sydney will help boost your intellect and host 20 free talks about “Healthier Futures” – with topics including the benefits of riding public transport with dogs, how big vape is hooking the next generation and wearable technology that can improve your mental health.

Batmobile to the rescue

I was on my bike, a block and a half into my monthly (March) deliveries of the South Sydney Herald around my home in...

Healing and many other things Artist Profile: Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of western NSW. She was born in Erskineville in 1957, the fourth of Eleanor and Matthew James Smith’s five children. As a child, Sharon was very close to her extended family.

Community award for The Settlement

DARLINGTON: Local and long-time community centre, The Settlement, was presented with a Community Recognition Statement at Parliament House on March 20. Jenny Leong, Greens Member...

Locals bid fond farewell to family doctor

REDFERN: Locals crowded into the Redfern Hotel on Monday March 25 to farewell Dr Adrian Jones, retiring from medical practice after 47 years’ service. The popular General Practitioner had a surgery in Pitt Street for many years before moving into the Redfern Station Medical Centre on Redfern Street.

‘Any one of us can become a refugee any day’

The Palm Sunday peace rally took place on March 24. Around two thousand people met at Belmore Park before marching to Victoria Park in...

Fire and Rescue celebrates 140 years

Fire and Rescue NSW marked its 140th birthday on February 14 with a special ceremony at the City of Sydney station in Castlereagh Street.

Dancing may be better than other exercise for improving mental health

A structured dance program of at least six weeks’ duration can significantly improve psychological and cognitive health outcomes equivalent to other forms of structured exercise interventions, finds new research from Australian researchers.

Where does the housing we need go?

The NSW government plans to increase housing within existing city footprints and communities are on edge fearing what it means for their neighbourhood. Inner Sydney is already denser than inner London, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 2. Learning and understanding

From the day of the diagnosis, my learning as a carer began. I was determined to do everything I could to give Stuart the best possible care, by using all the services, education and dementia-related programs available to support us.